Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Review & Giveaway: COAST TO COAST by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey (Arizona Raptors #1)

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Length: 57,412 words 
Cover Design: Meredith Russell


When opposites attract, it’s not just the team that’s in for a shake-up.

When a stipulation in his father’s will throws Mark back into a family that disowned him, he has only two things on his mind; buying his way out of contractual obligations and running in the opposite direction as fast as he can. When neither option pans out, he finds he is now a one third owner of the struggling Arizona Raptors hockey team, and that is just about the worst thing he could have happened to him. Not only does he hate hockey, but the Raptors are a bottom-of-the-league team, rife with jealousies and anger in a locker room that only knows self-pity. How is he supposed to help turn things around when the only way to start fixing things is to form an alliance with the estranged siblings he’d run from fifteen years earlier?

Then there’s Rowen Carmichael, a stubborn, opinionated, irritating man with superiority issues and questionable taste in music. Butting heads with Rowen, who he’d never even wanted to hire in the first place, is one thing, but there is no way in hell that he will allow the growing attraction to the new coach become anything more. Until with everything on the line, he has to make decisions that will change his life forever.

After years of collegiate coaching, Rowen is given an offer that he simply can’t refuse, although perhaps he should. When he’s presented with the chance to take one of the worst teams in the league and mold them into a future cup contender, the challenge is just too alluring to pass up. He leaves his beloved Ontario behind and moves west to the arid city of Tucson where he is faced with a broken team, shoddy management, and players overflowing with resentment and bigotry.

Never in his twenty years of hockey has he ever seen such a raging dumpster fire of an organization. Yet there’s something about this team and this city that compels him to roll up his sleeves and start dismantling. He has his eye on a new associate coach that’s bound to makes waves, and several key players who should be sent packing. Now all he has to do is convince the new owners of the team that his choices are for the best. If only Mark Westman-Reid, one of three siblings who now own the Raptors, wasn’t so damned rock-headed, so damned snooty, and so damned appealing his job might be a bit easier.

Carra's Review

I loved this matchup.  A bit of opposites attract, an age gap, and oh yes…hockey.  If that’s not enough to pique your interest, let’s throw in some sneaking around, family drama, and a cameo from everyone’s favorite from the Harrisburg Railers?  Familiar names with some fresh, intriguing new faces while a romance brews—all in a hockey setting.  Yep, I’m hooked on another series by these authors again.

Rowen is very sure of himself, he knows exactly what needs to be done and he’s supremely confident on how to turn the Raptors around.  Confident—NOT cocky.  Mark though has other ideas—even if he knows hardly anything about hockey.  What he does know is business; it’s his forte, and he’s determined to use his strengths to help turn the team around as well.  Now for them to just agree on how to get there…easier said than done.

The conflict between them does help ramp up the attraction though, leading to stolen moments and liaisons in interesting places.  All while a relationship (gasp!) starts to develop between them, even if that’s now what Rowen is looking for.  

As the first book in this new spinoff series, the authors did a great job putting together this new team setting, complete with a solid cast of supporting character, several of whom have excellent potential for their own stories.  You’re also going to find an unwanted one…but for those who are already familiar with the Harrisburg Railers series, you’ll definitely want to see what happens to tie up that loose end.

Coast to Coast had my attention from cover to cover, and was a 4.5-star read for me.  Even though it is a spinoff from the authors’ previous series, you don’t necessarily need to have read previous stories to understand this one…though as I’m sure you were expecting me to say, I would highly recommend reading the Railers series, and probably Ryker from the Owatonna U. series as well so you get to know some of the supporting characters.  This story is for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

About the Authors

USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott writes stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, a happily ever after.

RJ Scott is the author of over one hundred romance books, writing emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

She’s always thrilled to hear from readers, bloggers and other writers. Please contact via the links below:

USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.

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